Rescued dog in need of medical aid

By Jay Braman Jr.
Riley, a young Staffordshire terrier, needs help.
He needs a couple of things actually, one being a permanent home, since he’s in the care of the Shandaken Animal Volunteer Effort (SAVE), a town sponsored organization that houses strays out behind town hall, next to the recycling center along the shore of the Esopus.
DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.DOGGY SOS: Shandaken Animal Control Officer Nancy Hudler comforts Riley outside the chain link hotel he calls home. Riley needs surgery, but the town can’t afford to have it done.

While Riley can wait longer for that problem to be solved, his other problem needs fixing quick. Like yesterday.

Pain issues
Riley suffers from a patellar luxation, also known as dislocated kneecap, which is causing him pain and lameness. Surgery is required to stabilize and stop the wear and tear on the cartilage. The surgery will not only return Riley to the pain-free happy, loving and sweet dog that he is but also increases his chances for finding his forever home.
But here’s where it gets ruff.
SAVE supports the small town shelter that cares for six dogs at any one time with a limited yearly budget. They take care of the needs of the dogs that the town can’t with active volunteer work to exercise the dogs and assist with the adoption efforts.
Volunteers brought Riley to the South Peak Veterinary Hospital to be looked at. Yes, surgery can be done and it will fix him up, but it will cost $2,000.
That’s SAVE’s entire 2014 budget.
Faced with a tough choice, SAVE has chosen to reach out through the World Wide Web on www.youcaring.com, a free online fundraising site.
Any donated amount toward Riley’s surgery would be greatly appreciated.
At press time, about $400 has been pledged. Organizers are giving it until the end of the month to reach the $2,000 mark, but the sooner the better for Riley.
Anyone wising to say hello to Riley can do so at any time. He’s limping around behind the town hall until further notice.
To donate go to:
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/surgery-for-riley/148333#sth...